California Road Map for Fuel Cell Vehicle Commercialisation; also Available in Japanese
20 Aug 2012
Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are poised to enter California’s commercial market in 2015, helping the state reach its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and reducing dependence on petroleum. But the biggest obstacle to introducing FCEVs to the market is the lack of fueling stations.
The California Fuel Cell Partnership has just released "A California Road Map: Bringing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles to the Golden State," a report that describes the infrastructure necessary to successfully launch commercial FCEV.
Through research and modeling tools, members concluded that 68 station locations throughout the state will adequately serve the first 20,000 FCEV customers with enough hydrogen. Enough stations will give them the confidence that they can choose a FCEV instead of a conventional gasoline vehicle.
By 2015, when several automakers are planning the commercial launch of FCEVs, California needs stations in five clusters where most early adopters are expected: Berkeley, San Francisco South Bay, Santa Monica/West Los Angeles, coastal Southern Orange County, and Torrance. Additional stations in areas like Pasadena and Sacramento will connect these clusters into a regional network and include major destinations, such as Napa, Santa Barbara and San Diego.
The total cost to expand to 68 stations, and provide operations and maintenance support until the stations become profitable is estimated at $65 million.
More details about station locations and funding strategies can be found in the road map.
The report is also now available in Japanese, with the translation provided by NEDO and Technova.
An overview and the full report, plus Japanese translations, are available on the CaFCP website at http://cafcp.org/RoadMap.